Chicago Blackhawks: physical

Kings stick to gameplan, get physical in G3

June, 5, 2013
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Arritt By Dan Arritt
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BlackhawksNoah Graham/NHLI/Getty ImagesThe Kings wanted to slow Chicago through the neutral zone with a physical presence.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.-- The Los Angeles Kings figured if they had any chance of making the Western Conference finals competitive again, they needed to stop the Chicago Blackhawks before they got their wheels spinning.

The Kings followed that game plan from the start Tuesday night in Game 3 at Staples Center, capitalizing on an early turnover to take the lead for good in the 3-1 victory that trimmed Chicago's series lead to 2-1.

The Kings outhit the Blackhawks, 36-26, and forced them into five giveaways in the first period and 15 overall, the most since they had 17 in the opening game of the playoffs against the Minnesota Wild.

"Our physicality helps," said Kings forward Dustin Brown. "They've got really mobile defensemen. If we can slow them down, hit them. ... no one wants to be hit."

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
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